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New Sony PS3 FCC Label  (Source: FCC)
FCC documents show new Sony PS3 model on its way

With the slow but steady disappearance of the 60GB PlayStation 3 from store shelves, the effective entry-price for Sony’s newest console is once again $599 for the 80GB bundle. It’s unlikely that Sony will head into the holiday season at the same price point as it did last year, which is why industry analysts are predicting an upcoming price drop for the 80GB model.

Even at $499, the PlayStation 3 would still be priced well above its prime competitor – the Xbox 360 Premium at $349. Earlier this month, a report surfaced saying that Sony will introduce yet another PlayStation 3 iteration that could potentially occupy the $399 level.

The $399 model is speculated to come with a 40GB hard drive with no pack-in title. Sony would be expected to carry the 80GB model at $499 with MotorStorm or other title. Furthermore, Sony may sweeten the deal by bundling with either one or both SKUs with Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray Disc.

A recent FCC filing by Sony may have revealed several new details about an upcoming PlayStation 3 model. Although the majority of technical details and photographs have been blocked from the public’s view at Sony’s request, the information available is able to confirm that the upcoming model – designated CECHG01 – is indeed a PlayStation 3 at the core.

Technologies described in the filing include Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, along with a number of I/O ports. The FCC report states that only two USB ports were tested (current PS3s have four ports) and there were no mention of memory card reader tests. Since the FCC is a radio test, it may not have required extensive testing of select PS3 features.

Earlier this month, Sony enlisted the help of top computer manufacturer Foxconn to manufacture low-cost PlayStation 3. The FCC filing could well be the first sign of the new product development agreement between the two companies.

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RE: Only if
By omnicronx on 9/27/2007 4:07:00 PM , Rating: 2
Are you really implying the only difference between the ps3 and the ps2 is resolution? First off the difference between component and composite cables were negligable with the ps2, imagines may have appeared sharper but composite was still 480i and component was still 480p(480i still if used on an analogue tv). The polycount in the ps3 compared to the ps2 is night and day and the ps2 does not have shaders, AA, etc..

I had a ps2, i have a 360, i play the same games on the same TV. I am not saying the look better to me, i am saying with 100% certainty that all games will look graphically superior to all people. Another example of this is i have a 100 inch wide screen EDTV, that means although it accepts HD resolutions it still converts the signal into 480p, and once again the difference is day and night.

Hell go play a game like madden and look at the crowed on the ps2, they look like 2d pieces of paper, compare that to the same game on ps3 or 360 the crowed somewhat looks 3d and real, even on SD

RE: Only if
By softwiz on 9/27/2007 5:18:58 PM , Rating: 3
Are you really implying the only difference between the ps3 and the ps2 is resolution?

Of course not, I already stated before the bounds of my comparison which you may have missed or ignored. I was debating nothing more than the lack of PQ improvement between the PS2 & PS3 while using games common to both consoles (i.e. PS1 / PS2 titles) on analog displays.

However, if you've been arguing that PS3 games look better than PS2 games (even on SD or ED display devices) then you indeed deserve a "Captain Obvious" award because you're definitely right about that!

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